Whether one is an elite athlete or a fair-weather sports player, we are all vulnerable to injuries whilst playing the sport we love or doing the exercise we hate. Different activities have their own commonly associated injuries and it is through the understanding of both normal bio-mechanics and the individual patient that recovery and prevention of future injury can be achieved.
For most people the way in which we move whilst playing a sport or doing exercise is not repeated in any other part of our lives and the addition of exerting ourselves whilst doing the activity necessitates a special understanding of how the human body moves.
When movement occurs, and a certain part of the body is pushed beyond its comfort zone, it is the weakest anatomical structure which fails. For example, you may suffer from a twisted knee on the tennis court or golf course, but the key to the success of the treatment is the specific identification of the injured structure(s). In this your osteopath is an expert.
The osteopathic method goes beyond the identification of the injured structure, for it is vital that the rest of the body functions optimally to not only aid recovery but to reduce the chances of the same injury happening again. For example, a hip injury in running needs not only to be attended to locally with all relevant joints, nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons being addressed, but good function of the ankle, knee and lower spine need to be seen to be in good function too. It is in this attention to both the detail and the whole body that the osteopath’s approach yields tried and tested results.